Lagos Orders Stop to Illegal Activities on Highways
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
Traders, commercial drivers and residents along the Badagry Expressway and Oshodi-Abule Egba roads have the next six days to remove all illegal structures and stop commercial activities along the road. This is according to the Lagos government.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Abiodun Bamgboye gave this ultimatum on Wednesday during a joint press conference with the ad hoc inter-ministerial committee which comprises of the Ministry of Transportation, Environment, Works and Infrastructure, Lagos State Task Force, Lagos State Park and Lagos State Management?
According to the Lagos official, the new order is part of the state government’s plan to restore sanity to the areas.
“It is disheartening to say that the state of the two roads mentioned is that of total lawlessness through the activities of traders who have converted the BRT corridors into trading centres,” Bamgboye said at the press conference.
Bamgboye also noted that these “illegal activities of oil barons and gangs especially at Eric More, who are using the corridor as their base; indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the BRT corridors due to the activities of some transport unions domiciled on these corridors,” have resulted in the “total breakdown of the traffic laws of the state.”
Correspondent Maureen Ogolor reports that the current plan of the state government involves a three-week operation to open the BRT corridors on the already completed segment of the road. Bamgboye appealed to residents of both axes to cooperate with all ministries departments and agencies who will work on the roads.
Additional reports by Maureen Ogolor